Holiday work parties... you either love them, hate them or go because you're obligated. I usually choose to go, well, because I like fun. Also, the Christmas spirit runs through my veins making me love any and all things Christmas. Since this is the season of giving, I've created a list of all the different types of people attending said parties to help navigate your way through even the most awkward holiday gatherings! Unsolicited advice? I'm you're girl! You're welcome :)
My Advice: Steer clear. They don't want to talk to you and they're probably going to ruin your buzz.
My Advice: If they can hold their own and you feel like jumping on Santa's sleigh to party down, have at it but once they trade Santa's sleigh for Santa's lap... swim away!!
The Lonely Coworker
There's always one. Man, woman or child (child?) that doesn't have a date to the holiday party and instead of embracing this, they are two bitter comments away from Ebineaser status. Whether it's their love of cats or inappropriate clothing after a certain age, this person wanted a date and unfortunately has none.
My Advice: Danger Will Robinson! This person may look like your bff and you may have a jolly good time sipping cocktails and commenting on people's ugly sweaters they didn't know they were wearing but come Monday at 8am, it's on like Donkey Kong! Don't get loose lips, this "friend" may turn back into a foe at the stroke of midnight, Christmas cheer be damned.
My Advice: Proceed with caution. Gauge the situation, smile and overall aura of the host. Real smile and seemingly well organized party, enjoy freely... fake smile and snarky comments- RUN!
Otherwise called the creepy old guy who drank a little too much eggnog and now wants you to sit on his lap and tell Santa what you want for Christmas. *shudder* Sweet old man by day and seedy Bad Santa by night, this man is hard to spot. Just like the O.F.M (Original Fat Man) you never quite know who or where he is. Beware, this is not one magical gift of sugar plums you're gonna want to see!
My Advice: When the switch flips and you see mistletoe come out avoid at all costs unless you want to be his ho, ho, ho. P.S. If he comes dressed as Santa, don't wait for the switch, he's already flipped!
The Christmas Elf
This person loves Christmas and will go around the party spreading Christmas cheer! Smiling is their favorite! This person probably had the best ugly sweater on purpose and is graciously embodying the true meaning of Christmas without losing the reason for the season! While slightly annoying, this person may be the life of the party in a good way and as an added bonus, they are like kryptonite to their Scrooge-like counter parts.
My Advice: As a fellow Elf, I applaud this person and encourage you to hangout with them! They may seem to be a bit much, but seeing is not believing... believing is seeing and they know this.
Ta-dahhhh! That is my Christmas gift to you blogland! There are always different types of people at work parties and hopefully this guide will give you a heads up on who to friend and who to block!
Now don't be a cotton-headed ninnymoggins, go mingle!!
Until next time...